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Norwalk Teen Pitches Common Council

Says cameras, lighting would make city parks safer

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Norwalk, CT | Added on June 11, 2013 At 08:07 PM

"We thought of showing students that we actually care about their future," says Tanasia Ticking.

For one Norwalk teen, parks should be part of that future.  Ticking, a Briggs High School senior, presented her ideas for change to the Common Council Tuesday night.

Ticking's ideas come from a school photography project.  At the center of her ideas are city parks.  She says they are overrun with debris and drugs.  As a mom, she won't take her daughter there.

"We should fix them for the next generation of kids," she says.

Ticking suggests cameras with direct feeds to police headquarters and better lighting.  

She caught the attention of at least one Council member.  Jerry Petrini says Mt. Vernon, NY installed $3,000 cameras in its parks.

"It's been working in other cities and Mount Vernon has it," he says.  "It works.  Something like that just might work."

Mayor Richard Moccia says the city has cameras at Veterans Park and Calf Pasture Beach.  He says putting a permanent one at Ryan Park could work.  But he said there are simple solutions, too.

Moccia says the city should work to get children outside, "away from the XBox and the texting."

"I think we need to concentrate on making sure it's safe during the day, so people feel safe going [to parks]," Moccia says.  "That's something I can talk to police and Recreation and Parks about."

"I hope this body really pays attention," Petrini said.  "Maybe we can get something done."

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